7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess  -     By: Jen Hatmaker
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Disturbed by her family's comfortableness with American excess, Jen Hatmaker writes in 7 about their unique social and spiritual decision to live by a rule of seven - reducing material possessions and distractions in seven areas (food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress) in order to connect with a greatly increased God.

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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2012
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American life can be excessive, to say the least. That’s what Jen Hatmaker had to admit after taking in hurricane victims who commented on the extravagance of her family’s upper middle class home. She once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but upon being called "rich" by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted, and a social experiment turned spiritual was born.

7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.

Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe "seven sacred pauses." So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

Author Bio

Jen Hatmaker and her family live in Austin, Texas, where the city motto is "Keep Austin Weird," and they work hard to do their part. Jen’s eight previous books include Interrupted and A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study. She and her husband planted Austin New Church in an economically and ethnically diverse, socially unique, urban area of the city in 2008. They are in the great- est adventure of their lives, (thrilled to find out where they have planted is known as the "church planters graveyard") and have made some incredible new partnerships in ministry. They’ve seen their world turned upside down as they’ve considered what it means to ask God how to live and not just what to do. But it’s a good upside down, as part of that discovery will be the addition of two children from Ethiopia set to join the three they already have. Together they will keep Austin weird and seek to glorify God as they do.

Publisher's Weekly

The central principles of living a Christian life, like tithing, fasting, and prayer, might get short shrift from some people but not Hatmaker (A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study). The wife of a pastor at Austin (Texas) New Church aims for a more saintly life by cutting back on possessions, food, stress, and other excesses with funny and lively writing that can get overly self-deprecating. Her goal is to convince the reader that a simpler life is a godlier one, which lends a sanctimonious element to some of the writing. Other parts are earnest and moving, such as the final chapter, in which the book drops snarky humor to offer sincere appreciation for prayer, even if the subject matter is divided between prayer and the couple's adoption of two Ethiopian children. For Christians who desire to live out their New Year's resolutions year round, this is worth reading. (Jan.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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Publishers Weekly - The central principles of living a Christian life, like tithing, fasting, and prayer, might get short shrift from some people but not Hatmaker (A Modern Girl's Guide to Bible Study). The wife of a pastor at Austin (Texas) New Church aims for a more saintly life by cutting back on possessions, food, stress, and other excesses with funny and lively writing that can get overly self-deprecating. Her goal is to convince the reader that a simpler life is a godlier one, which lends a sanctimonious element to some of the writing. Other parts are earnest and moving, such as the final chapter, in which the book drops snarky humor to offer sincere appreciation for prayer, even if the subject matter is divided between prayer and the couple's adoption of two Ethiopian children. For Christians who desire to live out their New Year's resolutions year round, this is worth reading.


 "Jen Hatmaker is a model for her experiment in radical obedience to Christ. May we all be as committed to Jesus' Gospel revolution."

- Richard Stearns, president World Vision US, author The Hole in Our Gospel

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Steps on your toes in a good way
    September 9, 2015
    Jaime
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jen Hatmaker's humor and personality shine through in her writing. She's easy-going and forthright as she shares her daily life struggles and very human reactions to the normal things in life making her messiness very relatable. This book, 7, is the first full-length one of hers that I've read. I laughed out loud so many times. Even in the humor, several places hit me as places of excess where my focus on Jesus has strayed. Not in a bad way either. Instead, her crazy experiment encourages me to examine myself. Excellent book!!
  2. Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book, fun read
    June 26, 2015
    Lou D
    Florida
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Love this book! It challenges how we live, yet is witty and funny. Delightful!
  3. Saskatchewan, CANADA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read
    June 17, 2013
    Boymom
    Saskatchewan, CANADA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is incredible! Jen Hatmaker can go from deeply spiritual, make you want to cry out to Jesus, to hilariously sarcastic in about 2 seconds. She is so real that you can totally relate to her. Reading this book has inspired to live my life more like Christ, and to really look at my life and ask myself some tough questions. I will never be the same. Seriously life-changing. I have already shared this book with at least 6 people- I want everyone to read it.
  4. Lincoln, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Completely Enjoyed "7"
    June 10, 2013
    Baby Boomer Pat
    Lincoln, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love "page turners" and this book definitely did not disappoint. I have already passed it on to a friend...to keep the message of "excess" going. I didn't know how Jen Hatmaker's book would relate to me, a Baby Boomer...but the message is loud and clear,

    and loved the mental challenge of limiting my life to connect with my fellow planet dwellers in a different way. I laughed. I was challenged. I learned more about God...and myself. And was given a renewed appreciation of the girlfriends God has gifted me! I want to do the Bible Study with them soon.
  5. Eden Prairie, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Highly recommend
    December 4, 2012
    Momof4
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is flat-out fabulous. Jen hits on amazing biblical truths and is convincing without guilt, revealing where our true priorities lie. With humor, sharp wit, and God's grace woven throughout, it had me bawling and rolling laughing, moments apart. This book has messed with me in the most wonderful way, instantly rising to the top of my list of most-beloved books. It is a must read.
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